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    News Round-Up: December 3, 2013

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

    A former medical technician is sentenced to 39 years for causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C; an American, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the past four years, pleads for rescue; and Seattle Seahawks fans cause (another) earthquake. Meanwhile, Paul Walker’s private vigil was a beautiful show of love and support, and Dylan Sprouse makes some pretty awesome (and wise) statements to counter Joe Jonas’ whining over Disney and fame.

    -Sandy + Maura



    Ex-hospital worker gets 39 years for causing hepatitis C outbreak,http://rtvote.com/1c9aGiI
    A former New Hampshire medical technician was convicted for causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year. David Kwiatkowski began working at the Exeter Hospital ten months after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C. He injected himself with stolen syringes of the painkiller fentanyl from patients scheduled for surgery, tainting them with his blood, and then he filled them with saline and replaced the syringes for use in medical procedures. Thirty people were diagnosed with the potentially fatal virus because of Kwiatkowski.

    Obama to launch new health care law campaignhttp://rtvote.com/1jh0cVh
    The Affordable Care Act has come under a lot of political pressure since its rollout in October. In the coming weeks, the Obama administration will highlight what they call successful aspects of the law. They plan on educating the public on Obamacare by emphasizing a different benefit each day until the December 23rdenrollment deadline for January 1st coverage.

    Prisoner in Cuba appeals to Obamahttp://rtvote.com/1cjmQJj
    Alan Gross, 64, is an American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the past four years. He was a subcontractor within the U.S. Agency for International Development, who was arrested for trying to set up Internet access, which would have bypassed local restrictions, for Cuba’s small Jewish community. The Associated Press reported that Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine their government. Gross, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison, feels like the U.S. government has forgotten and abandoned him.

    Couple fined for negative online reviewhttp://rtvote.com/187UthU
    In 2008, John Palmer bought Christmas gifts for his wife off of a site called KlearGear.com. When the purchases never arrived, his wife, Jen Palmer, posted a negative review of the site on ripoffreport.com. More than three years later, KlearGear.com fined the couple $3,500 for allegedly violating its terms of use contract, which prohibits the customer from taking any negative action against KlearGear.com. The site reported the couple’s unpaid fine to a collections agency, and their credit score took a huge hit. The Palmers are fighting back and seeking justice. Legal experts warn that more companies are using this type of language in the fine print as protection.

    Seattle Seahawks fans caused an ‘earthquake’ on Monday night,http://rtvote.com/18eMxtd
    Fans inside CenturyLink Field got so excited over Michael Bennett’s 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown Monday night that their jumping registered a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake. And this isn’t the first time. The first seismic outburst caused by fans in CenturyLink Field was in 2011 when Marshawn Lynch made a legendary touchdown run that clinched a playoff win for the Seahawks over the Saints.



    Natalie Portman: Chris Hemsworth’s Wife Elsa Pataky Grabbed a Wig and Stood in for Me in Thor: The Dark World Love Scene, http://rtvote.com/1jhaTac

    Paul Walker’s Private Vigil: Vin Diesel Addresses Fans, Family Members Pay Respects at Crash Site, http://rtvote.com/IJK9lk

    Dylan Sprouse Calls Joe Jonas’ Disney Grievances B.S.: He “Fell for the Allure of Fame,” http://rtvote.com/1cjuT8V

    Elan Gale Hoax: Bachelor Producer Admits He Faked Thanksgiving Airplane Travel Feud, http://rtvote.com/IEwrzo


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

    Opposition in Egypt rejects election plan; Asiana pilots blame landing speed; Tsarnaev is to be arraigned; Texas House approves abortion bill; and Suspect says former NFL player Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting murder victim. Meanwhile, Rihanna sends $5,000 check to a high school; and Nicki Minaj may make some time for acting.

    Maura + Meron


    Egypt unrest: Liberal opposition rejects transition plan, http://rtvote.com/152OMvC
    The main liberal opposition coalition in Egypt has rejected interim leader Adly Mansour’s decree. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Tamarod rejected the decree, which sets a new poll timetable to stop the unrest.

    Asiana Airlines pilots say auto-throttle didn’t maintain landing speed,  http://rtvote.com/12lZRJG
    The pilots flying the Asiana Airlines jetliner told investigators that an automatic throttle had failed to keep the jetliner at the proper landing speed.

    Bombing suspect heads to 1st public court hearing, http://rtvote.com/152QqgT
    Dzhokar Tsarnaev will appear in court for the first time this afternoon. He could face the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bombings that occurred in April.

    House gives early OK to abortion restrictions, http://rtvote.com/152U7CY
    Tuesday night, the House voted 98-49 to tentatively approve the abortion regulations in House Bill 2. The bill would ban abortions at 20 weeks and add regulations to abortion facilities.

    Aaron Hernandez admitted to shooting Odin Lloyd, suspect reportedly tells investigators, http://rtvote.com/12m65Jw
    Carlos Ortiz, believed to be in the car with Hernandez and Lloyd the morning of Lloyd’s murder, told investigators that Ernest Wallace told him Hernandez admitting to shooting Lloyd.


    Beyonce on Pepsi criticism: ‘It’s all about choices’, http://rtvote.com/152WbuN

    Rihanna sends $5,000 check to Barrington High School, http://rtvote.com/152WFBc

    Nicki Minaj to focus on acting? Singer will ‘feel complete’ after three more albums, http://rtvote.com/152WTrY

    Vin Diesel takes photo in front of ‘Avengers’ comic, says he met with marvel, http://rtvote.com/152Wt4S

    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com